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AIA Contract Documents Releases Documents for Regional or Urban Planning, Single-Family and Mixed-Use Residential Projects

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) todayannounced that it will release new and updated documents for regional or urban planning, single-family, and mixed-use residential projects. These documents address the unique requirements of urban planning, single family residential development, and multi-family and mixed-use residential projects.

You can see this press release online here: http://www.aia.org/press/AIAB086229

According to the National Association of Home Builders it will be necessary to build more than a million housing units each year to meet the underlying needs of the nation’s population and, over the next decade, the rate of new household formations is expected to average at least 1.4 million a year. Moreover, it will be necessary and desirable to replace some of the existing 125 million housing units in the U.S. with housing that is more energy efficient and otherwise built to modern standards.

“The AIA Contract Documents Committee understands and supports the shift toward effective regional and urban planning, and mixed use and residential project development,” said Ken Cobleigh, Managing Director and Counsel for the AIA Contract Documents content team. “We have updated and created these documents to provide a framework that clearly delineates the roles and responsibilities of parties involved in these projects.

Updated Document
In B107TM – 2010 (formerly B188 TM– 1996) Standard Form of Agreement Between Developer-Builder and Architect for Prototype(s) for Single Family Residential Project, the architect provides permit set documents for a single family residential housing project prototype to the developer-builder. The developer-builder is then responsible for construction and finishing details beyond the permit set, with the architect providing limited construction phase services. The agreement gives the developer a qualified right to re-use the permit set documents on a subsequent project.

New Documents
B109TM – 2010, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect for a Multi-Family Residential or Mixed Use Residential Project is a new agreement that is customized for multi-family residential or mixed-use residential projects. It provides terms and conditions for the delivery of architectural services that are specific to these types of projects. B109 can be used in conjunction with the new B509 TM –2010, Guide for Supplementary Conditions to AIA Document B109™–2010, which provides a discussion of risks and responsibilities specific to condominium construction and model language to amend B109 if used for a condominium project.

B212 TM -2010, Standard Form of Architect’s Services: Regional or Urban Planning, can be used with B102 TM-2007, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect without a Predefined Scope of Architect’s Services or with another AIA Owner-Architect agreement. Architects can use this document to define the scope of regional or urban planning services to be provided.

“Until now, regional and urban planning scopes of work have been inconsistent, making it difficult for owners to accurately compare and evaluate project proposals,” said Cara Shimkus Hall, FAIA, Principal, GH2 Architects, LLC, who currently serves on the AIA Contract Documents Committee. “Our goal with the B212-2010 was to normalize what the scope of services might be and cover it in a way that would work for both public and private projects.”

AIA Documents-on-Demand™
The AIA Contract Documents® program has also added the following nine documents to AIA Documents-on-Demand bringing the total number of documents offered to 36:

1. A102 TM –2007 (formerly A111 TM –1997), Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Contractor where the basis of payment is the Cost of the Work Plus a Fee with a Guaranteed Maximum Price

2. A103 TM –2007 (formerly A114 TM –2001), Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Contractor where the basis of payment is the Cost of the Work Plus a Fee without a Guaranteed Maximum Price

3. A107 TM –2007, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Contractor for a Project of Limited Scope

4. B102 TM –2007 (formerly B141 TM –1997 Part 1), Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect without a Predefined Scope of Architect’s Services

5. B107TM – 2010 (formerly B188 TM– 1996) Standard Form of Agreement Between Developer-Builder and Architect for Prototype(s) for Single Family Residential Project

6. B109TM – 2010, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect for a Multi-Family Residential or Mixed Use Residential Project

7. B212™- 2010, Standard Form of Architect’s Services: Regional or Urban Planning

8. B104 TM –2007, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect for a Project of Limited Scope

9. C401 TM –2007 (formerly C141 TM –1997), Standard Form of Agreement Between Architect and Consultant

Availability
B107TM–2010, B109TM–2010 and B212™–2010 will be available in paper, in AIA Contract Documents software and on AIA Documents-on-Demand. B509™-2010 will be available for free in the Reference Material section of the AIA Contract Documents website. (http://www.aia.org/contractdocs/referencematerial/index.htm)

AIA Contract Documents software can be purchased at www.aia.org/contractdocs/purchase. AIA contracts and forms can be purchased through AIA Documents-on-Demand at http://documentsondemand.aia.org. Documents in paper form are available through the AIA’s full service distributors. For a listing of full service distributors and pricing information, please visit www.aia.org/docs_purchase.

About The American Institute of Architects
For over 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. By using sustainable design practices, materials, and techniques, AIA architects are uniquely poised to provide the leadership and guidance needed to provide solutions to address climate change. AIA architects walk the walk on sustainable design. Visit www.aia.org

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Stimulus, Base Realignment, Other Federal Programs Drive Total Construction Spending Up 0.4 Percent To $812 Billion In August
Private Construction Spending Continues “Devastating” Decline, Construction Association Officials Note, Urging Action on Long-Term Infrastructure Bills to Avoid Another Downturn for Hard-Hit Industry

Total construction spending edged up 0.4 percent between July and August to $812 billion, driven by increases in public construction activity including stimulus and base realignment projects, according to an analysis of new Census Bureau data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials cautioned, however, that private residential and nonresidential spending both continued to shrink as private-sector demand for construction remains extremely weak.

“Federal investments from the stimulus and other programs are protecting some construction workers from a devastating downturn in private construction activity,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “But the industry will continue to be at risk of greater economic hardships as long as private demand for construction continues to shrink.”

Private residential construction dropped 1.7 percent during the past year while private nonresidential spending dropped 24 percent, Simonson noted. The economist added that all 11 categories of private nonresidential construction in the Census Bureau’s press release had declined from a year earlier, most by double-digit percentages.

Even private power construction, which was doing well earlier this year, fell 2.9 percent from July in seasonally adjusted terms and 15.5 percent year-over-year. Simonson added that single-family construction is up 4.2 percent year-over-year but has been dropping since April, and that multi-family construction is down a “devastating” 52 percent over the past 12 months.

While public construction spending increased by 2.5 percent between July and August, it is still down 1.0 percent from August 2009 to August 2010, driven largely by declines in state and local tax revenue, Simonson noted. Stimulus funds appear to have lifted public housing (up 33 percent from August 2009 to August 2010), sewage and waste disposal (up 19 percent), water supply construction (up 5.2 percent) and highway and street construction (up 0.9 percent), Simonson observed. Reconstruction work around New Orleans helped conservation spending rise 18 percent, the economist also suggested. In contrast, public educational construction, which is almost entirely funded from state and local revenues, slumped 13 percent.

Stephen Sandherr, chief executive officer of the construction association, said the new spending data show that stimulus funds for construction have been turning into projects at an increasing rate. But he cautioned that temporary investment measures like the stimulus were likely to expire before private sector investments increase. “Without action soon on long-term infrastructure programs like the highway and transit bill, our industry faces the severe risk of tumbling into another downturn,” Sandherr said.

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PPG Publishes Comprehensive Architectural Glass Catalog
Booklet highlights sustainability, new products, performance data

PPG Industries’ (NYSE: PPG) performance glazings business has published a new architectural glass catalog. The 36-page booklet contains detailed product descriptions for PPG’s entire glass product line, including new products such as SOLARBAN® R100 solar control, low-emissivity glass and blue-tinted PACIFICA® and SOLARBLUE® glasses.

The catalog is designed to complement the PPG architectural glass binder, which is now published online exclusively. Glenn T. Miner, PPG architectural market manager, performance glazings, said the purpose of the catalog and the online binder is to reduce the amount of printed material PPG generates and the resulting distribution-related greenhouse gas emissions.

“Architects are focused on sustainability, and they are demanding a similar commitment from their suppliers, not just from the products we make but in the way we do business,” Miner said. “By expanding our catalog and posting our binder online, we are providing the critical information architects need to maximize building performance while reducing our own carbon footprint.”

In addition to providing detailed product descriptions, the catalog illustrates how architectural glass can reduce energy consumption in commercial buildings by blocking solar heat and transmitting daylight. There also is performance data, including U-values, solar heat-gain coefficients (SHGC) and light-to-solar gain (LSG) ratios for more than 200 combinations of monolithic and insulating glass.

PPG is the only glass company in the world to have its entire collection of architectural glass Cradle to Cradle-certified. For more information, or to order a copy of the PPG architectural glass catalog, visit www.ppgideascapes.com/glasscatalog or call
1-888-PPG-IDEA (774-4332).

About PPG
PPG Industries’ vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Founded in 1883, the company serves customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, PPG operates in more than 60 countries around the globe. Sales in 2009 were $12.2 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

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DaVinci Roofscapes® Launches New Website

DaVinci Roofscapes®, one of the leading manufacturers of polymer slate and shake roofing tiles in the nation, has updated and launched a new website at www.davinciroofscapes.com. Designed to assist homeowners, architects and roofing contractors, the website includes complete information on every DaVinci product line, including the newly-introduced Bellaforté, Valoré and Fancy Shake product offerings.

The easy-to-navigate DaVinci website includes an enhanced tool bar, technical specifications and downloadable materials for single- and multi-width slate and shake tiles, an architectural toolbox and a section on sustainability and the environment. Homeowners will find it simple to locate roofing tile options on the site and learn about the advantages of selecting the synthetic roofing that are backed by a 50-year warranty.

“We’ve updated the website with detailed product information on our popular Fancy Shake, Valoré and Bellaforté roofing lines,” says Wendy Bruch, marketing manager with DaVinci Roofscapes. “This new site also provides instant access to all of our product literature, installation instructions and product warranties that are valuable to both homeowners and professional roofers.”

DaVinci Roofscapes has manufactured award-winning synthetic slate and shake roofing since 1999. The polymer roofing tiles are virtually maintenance free and far more cost effective than the natural product. DaVinci leads the industry in tile thickness, the tile width variety and the greatest selection of subtle earth-toned colors. Company products have a 50-year warranty and are 100 percent recyclable. DaVinci proudly makes its products in America and is a member of the National Association of Home Builders, the Cool Roof Rating Council and the U.S. Green Building Council. For additional information call 1-800-328-4624 or visit www.davinciroofscapes.com.

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GAF Materials Corporation to Reopen Gainesville, Texas TPO Plant

GAF Materials Corporation, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, recently announced plans to reopen its state-of-the-art Gainesville, TX thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) manufacturing facility in January 2011. The 185,000 square foot facility is the largest operational production line in North America devoted solely to the manufacture of TPO-based single-ply membrane roofing products and will produce GAF's EverGuard® TPO roofing membranes and accessories.

“We are taking this action in response to increased demand for our high quality single-ply membranes,” stated Bob Tafaro, president and CEO of GAF. “Customer satisfaction is paramount to our business and reopening this facility will allow us to improve our customer support as the economy recovers.”

Since the Gainesville plant’s temporary closing, manufacturing of all TPO products and accessories has been handled by the company’s Mt. Vernon, IN facility. The reopening is estimated to provide over 25 local jobs, many to be filled by recalled plant personnel.

“The reopening of this plant enables GAF to continue focusing on growing our TPO business,” said Dick Nowak, executive vice president and chief operating officer at GAF. “This location is strategically placed to provide TPO membrane and accessory products to support primarily the western and southern markets.”

The EverGuard® TPO product offers a low installed cost, heat welded seams, white reflective color, and no liquid plasticizers. Its high reflectivity and emittance qualities reduce solar radiation transmitted through the roof, and have been proven to minimize the “heat island effect,” resulting in reduced energy use and potentially enormous cost savings.

For more information about GAF Materials Corporation, please visit www.gaf.com.

About GAF Materials Corporation
GAF Materials Corporation is the largest roofing manufacturer in North America, with sales of nearly $3 billion annually. The company’s products include a comprehensive portfolio of steep-slope roofing systems (marketed under the GAF-Elk brand) and low-slope roofing systems (marketed under the GAF brand), which are supported by an extensive national network of factory-certified contractors. Its success is driven by a commitment to provide property owners and specifiers with the best and safest choice in roofing and by helping supportive contractors and distributors to build their businesses and avoid hassles.

With a focus on social responsibility GAF Materials Corporation has developed single-ply and asphaltic membranes with superior durability and high reflectivity to meet the most rigorous industry standards while helping building owners and designers reduce energy consumption

The Company also supports the industry through CARE, the Center for the Advancement of Roofing Excellence, which has provided education to over 100,000 professionals. CARE’s mission is to help professional contractors and distributors build their businesses through sales and management education, and to provide product and installation training to contractors, distributors, architects, property owners, and related industry personnel. For more information about GAF-Elk, visit www.gaf.com.

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PPG to help inaugurate Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster (GPIC)
Site is part of federally funded innovation hub to make buildings more energy efficient

PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) will participate in a ceremony Sept. 27 to celebrate the awarding of $129 million in federal funds to create the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster (GPIC), a five-year initiative designed to improve the energy efficiency of buildings in the United States.

PPG is one of five industry partners in the project, which includes 11 academic institutions, two U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories, and several regional economic development agencies and community colleges. PPG will offer expertise in a host of energy-efficient building technologies for both new construction and retrofit applications with a focus on innovations for the building envelope.

The funds, which were awarded to a consortium organized by Penn State University, will create an Energy Innovation Hub at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, a 1,200-acre waterfront business development that includes 80 companies, 7,500 employees and 5.5 million square feet of building space.

Because the Philadelphia Navy Yard operates its own utility infrastructure, including an independent electric grid, it is considered an ideal site for testing the real-world impact of new energy-related technologies and policies.

The award ceremony, which will take place at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, will include remarks from U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutting and U.S. Rep. Bob Brady.

Other members of the GPIC are Bayer MaterialScience, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeast Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University, Collegiate Consortium, Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center, Drexel University, IBM Corp., Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Morgan State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, Princeton University, Purdue University, Rutgers University, Turner Construction, United Technologies Corp., University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech and Wharton Small Business Development Center. To learn more, visit www.navyyard.org.

About PPG
PPG Industries’ vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Founded in 1883, the company serves customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, PPG operates in more than 60 countries around the globe. Sales in 2009 were $12.2 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

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American Galvanizers Association To Launch Sustainability-Focused Parking Structure Microsite On 10/10/10

The American Galvanizers Association (AGA) will launch an in-depth micro-website at www.steelparking.com examining the advantages, cost, sustainability, and durability of hot-dip galvanized steel parking structures. The site is a comprehensive resource for anyone wishing to study parking structure design through the lens of sustainability.

The concise, easy to navigate content takes a closer look at how utilizing hot-dip galvanized steel incorporates the ideals of sustainable development – the social, economic, and environmental commitment to growth and development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

See how galvanized steel gives the consumer more with less, enhances the speed of construction, sets up the structure for future expansion, and elevates the user experience. Let the numbers speak for themselves by researching the initial savings, savings in use, and life-cycle savings of steel parking structures, and discover how empirical data from an independent Life-Cycle Analysis (LCA) reveals galvanized steel as a sustainable solution for a transportation necessity. Finally, study performance in parking-structure macro and micro environments to understand the long-lasting, durable benefits of utilizing a galvanized steel parking structure.

Also available at www.steelparking.com, the newly developed Hot-Dip Galvanized Steel for Parking Structures online Galvanize It! seminar is a specialized offshoot of the original Galvanize It! seminar developed by the American Galvanizers Association. The course is approved with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) for continuing education credit or professional development hours, and will take approximately one hour to complete. At the conclusion of the course, the student will be given a short quiz, and upon successful completion immediately receives a Certificate of Completion for his/her records. The AGA auto-files credit for any student who successfully passes the test and provides his/her AIA or NCEES number.

This site was developed to be a go-to resource for those looking to develop parking structures with an eye to sustainable development. Visit www.steelparking.com on 10/10/10 to research the benefits of galvanized steel parking structures.

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Modest Improvement in Architecture Billings Index
Lack of available financing for construction projects main impediment to recovery

Still not entering into the positive phase, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) increased for the third straight month in August. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the August ABI score was 48.2, up slightly from a reading of 47.9 the previous month. This score reflects a continued decline in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was also up, moving from 53.1 to 54.6.

You can see this press release online here: http://www.aia.org/press/AIAB086116

“Project cancelations, regardless of when they happen in the design phase, continue to be the main road block to recovery for the construction sector,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “Numerous projects have been put on hold indefinitely over the last several months with little hope that they will be resumed. Work that is being done is more likely smaller renovation projects, as opposed to new buildings.”

Key August ABI highlights:
  • Regional averages: Northeast (50.9), Midwest (49.2), West (45.8), South (45.3)
  • Sector index breakdown: commercial / industrial (50.6), ), multi-family residential (46.9), institutional (46.0), mixed practice (42.6)
  • Project inquiries index: 54.6

About the AIA Architecture Billings Index
The Architecture Billings Index is derived from a monthly “Work-on-the-Boards” survey and produced by the AIA Economics & Market Research Group. Based on a comparison of data compiled since the survey’s inception in 1995 with figures from the Department of Commerce on Construction Put in Place, the findings amount to a leading economic indicator that provides an approximately nine to twelve month glimpse into the future of nonresidential construction activity. The diffusion indexes contained in the full report are derived from a monthly survey sent to a panel of AIA member-owned firms. Participants are asked whether their billings increased, decreased, or stayed the same in the month that just ended. According to the proportion of respondents choosing each option, a score is generated, which represents an index value for each month. The regional and sector data is formulated using a three-month moving average.

About The American Institute of Architects
For over 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. By using sustainable design practices, materials, and techniques, AIA architects are uniquely poised to provide the leadership and guidance needed to provide solutions to address climate change. AIA architects walk the walk on sustainable design. Visit www.aia.org

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DC&D Technologies & Eos Software Announce Strategic Alliance

DC&D Technologies, Inc. today announced the formation of a strategic alliance with Eos Group, Inc. Developer of Eos Advisor to provide a wider range of project history data to the construction and facility owner industries.

Later this year, Eos Group will make Design Cost Data’s rich database of project history costs available through its industry-leading project history and benchmarking platform, Eos Advisor. This alliance will allow members of the AEC and Owner communities to quickly develop conceptual estimates and comparison studies using a highly trusted source of project costs.

Barb Castelli, publisher of Design Cost Data said, “DCD opens the door to the preconstruction process. Eos Group’s Advisor delivers DCD’s proven preconstruction data quickly and accurately.”

“This relationship enables our clients to leverage the vast DCD project history data with the award-winning enterprise project history system, Eos Advisor.” said Nick Papadopoulos, president of Eos Group, Inc. “We can offer clients a sophisticated platform to take benchmarking to the next level while utilizing a historical cost data source they can trust.”

About DC&D Technologies, Inc.
DC&D Technologies, Inc. serves the industry with Design Cost Data magazine, the nation’s resource of historical construction cost for the purpose of preliminary cost estimating and cost modeling since 1958. D4COST Software, released in 1990 was the first preliminary estimating software/project archiving system for cost modeling on actual constructed buildings with their original cost to build utilizing the project data published in DCD and user’s own data. DCD’s online conceptual estimating tool, the DCD Archives, was introduced in 2000 and is offered to DCD subscribers. For more information, visit www.dcd.com and www.d4cost.com.

About Eos Group
Eos Group, founded in 1995, delivers services to large enterprise construction firms. Services include estimating system implementation, business process consulting, commercial and custom software development, database development, and training. Eos Group develops Eos Advisor, software that allows estimators, project managers and business development staff to quickly search past budgets and adjust them for inflation, job size and location. Advisor compares estimates in production with historical estimates and completed, actual cost projects. For more information, visit www.eosgroup.com.

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Twenty-Five States And The District Of Columbia Add Jobs In August, While 10 Add Jobs In The Last Year
Illinois adds most jobs in August, while Minnesota loses most jobs monthly and New Mexico has largest monthly percent decline

Construction jobs were added in half the states in August, while the number of states with year-over-year job gains rose to 10 from just six in July, the Associated General Contractors reported in an analysis of state employment data released today by the Labor Department. The number of states that increased construction employment over 12 months was the largest since October 2008.

“National construction employment has been flat since March, and more areas have seen an upturn in employment, while job losses in the remaining states are less severe than previously,” said Ken Simonson, chief economist for the construction trade association. “But the gains may be fleeting unless Congress and the Administration enact long-term infrastructure funding bills before the current stimulus funds are exhausted.”

Simonson noted that the largest year-over-year increase was in New Hampshire, where construction employment rose 9.6 percent (2,100 jobs), followed by Oklahoma (9.5 percent, 6,300 jobs); Kansas (4,600 jobs, 8.1 percent); District of Columbia (3.7 percent, 400 jobs); and Arkansas (3.5 percent, 1,800 jobs).

The largest percentage job decrease compared to August 2009 was in Nevada, 19.6 percent (14,700 jobs), followed by Vermont (14.1 percent; 1,900 jobs); Idaho (13.1 percent, 4,300 jobs); and Colorado (12.2 percent, 15,300 jobs). California again lost the most jobs since August 2009 (44,700 or 7.6 percent), and also over the last month, losing 3,900 jobs, a 0.7 percent decline.

Illinois gained the most jobs in August with 14,200 new jobs, or a 7.7 percent increase, due in part to the end of a strike. Illinois gains were followed by Rhode Island (900 jobs, or 5.6 percent increase); and Oklahoma (2,700 jobs, 3.8 percent increase). Meanwhile, Alaska had the largest monthly decline, losing 1,100 jobs, or 6.7 percent, followed by New Mexico (1,700 jobs, 3.8 percent) and Minnesota (2,500, 3.0 percent).

“AGC urges Congress and the White House to finish work on long-term transportation and water infrastructure spending bills, and keep income tax rates from soaring to help the construction industry employment recover from millions of lost jobs,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer.

View construction employment figures by state and by rank.

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Launch of Online Toolbox Demonstrates Georgia-Pacific Gypsum’s Continued Commitment to Design Professionals
Newly Redesigned GPGypsum.com Features Improved Access to Architectural Resources, Distributor and Contractor Information

Georgia-Pacific Gypsum – as part of a broader revamping of its website, GPGypsum.com – has added a number of online features designed with architects and other design professionals, sub-contractors and distributors in mind.

Its online architectural toolbox is a collection of utilities and information assembled to support Division 7 and Division 9 architects as they specify and select Georgia-Pacific Gypsum products. The toolbox ensures quick access for all design professionals to many interactive tools, including the Georgia-Pacific Design Studio, a LEED® calculator, online binders and more.

“Georgia-Pacific Gypsum understands that in the current building market, architects are busier than ever, and the new GPGypsum.com is a convenient, organized way for architects to get the information they need at a moment’s notice,” said Mike Clay, vice president, Georgia-Pacific Gypsum. “We are committed to being a resource for architects, as well as distributors and contractors - the new website reflects our ongoing dedication to our customers.”

The architectural toolbox provides easy access to the Georgia-Pacific Design Studio, which can help increase an architect’s expertise in the world of building information modeling (BIM). The Georgia-Pacific Design Studio is an easy-to-use resource for creating wall assemblies, which can then be exported to AutoDesk® Revit® Architecture and other two- and three-dimensional modeling software.

Another tool available to architects is the Georgia-Pacific Gypsum LEED Calculator, which provides immediate access to concise information about a product’s potential LEED credit contribution. This includes specific data regarding recycled content and regional materials.

Other toolbox tools now available are:

  • Online Binders – Access an architectural binder and commercial roofing binder to provide a collection of specifications, case studies and working documents.
  • Residential Wall Systems Comparison – Compare 11 to 14 recommended pre-configured wall systems in five climate zones to select Good, Better and Best systems. These designations are based on fundamental performance characteristics using different claddings, insulations and interior membranes.
  • Other Design Professional Tools– Link from the Georgia-Pacific Gypsum home page to BSD Speclink® Software, ARCOM, Reed Construction Data® SMARTBim® and Sweets Network®.
  • Social Media – Connect to Georgia-Pacific Gypsum’s Flickr and YouTube pages for access to helpful images and videos including useful application information, ASTM test results, jobsite footage, educational information and more.

In addition to the centralized architectural toolbox, the refreshed GPGypsum.com is also an easy-to-navigate source of product information for all of Georgia-Pacific Gypsum’s customers. Product pages make it easy to find product specifications, submittals, technical and sustainability information and warranties in one location.

For more information or to explore the online toolbox, please visit GPGypsum.com.

About Georgia-Pacific
Headquartered at Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of building products, tissue, packaging, paper, cellulose and related chemicals. The company employs more than 40,000 people at more than 300 locations in North America, South America and Europe. Georgia-Pacific creates long-term value by using resources efficiently to provide innovative products and solutions that meet the needs of customers and society, while operating in a manner that is environmentally and socially responsible and economically sound. The company has long been among the nation’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of building products to lumber and building materials dealers and large do-it-yourself warehouse retailers, with brands such as Plytanium® plywood, DryPly® water repellent plywood, Ply-Bead® panels and Wood I Beam™ and XJ 85® joists offered by Georgia-Pacific Wood Products LLC. DensArmor Plus® interior panels, DensGlass® Sheathing and ToughRock® drywall are offered by Georgia-Pacific Gypsum LLC. The familiar consumer tissue brands of Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP include Quilted Northern®, Angel Soft®, Brawny®, Sparkle®, Soft 'n Gentle®, Mardi Gras®, So-Dri® and Vanity Fair®. Dixie Consumer Products LLC, a Georgia-Pacific company, manufactures the Dixie® brand of tabletop products. For more information, visit www.gp.com

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